As China slowed down to limit the spread of Covid-19, the global tire giant mobilized. In Europe, as in the Haute-Loire, it was hard to imagine that articles on the subject would follow each other every day. And that a year later the subject would still be in the spotlight.
We suggest that you read this first article again.
Michelin supports the people of the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic, by paying 3 million yuan, or 400,000 euros. “It is above all a gesture of solidarity with the inhabitants of the city”, emphasizes the communication department of the group in Clermont-Ferrand.
No repatriation of employees yet
For several days, this neighborhood of 11 million inhabitants has lived completely in slow motion in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus, which is extremely contagious. Bibendum does not have a team in Wuhan, but the group has three production units in Shenyang in China, an R&D center (research and development) and a head office, not to mention the subsidiaries Camso and Fener. This represents several thousand employees, including many French foreigners.
“Since January 20, we have taken the necessary measures to support the staff at the medical level. We provided them with preventive material and keep them informed in real time about the development of the situation. “
The group’s employees are currently on holiday for the Chinese New Year. Instructions were given not to return to work immediately. “No cases of an employee being infected by the virus should be apologized for, the management assures. The situation is being monitored hour by hour.” In addition, no repatriation of French Michelin employees is planned until further notice.
Health authorities report at least 132 deaths in China and around 6,000 confirmed cases of pollution while a new emergency meeting in the WHO is scheduled for Thursday.